DIY – Garden Angels

I had been seeing the garden angels on Pinterest and knew I needed to make some.

All you need is an old shutter, acrylic paint, sponge brush,  a few thin boards or paint stirrers for the neck and arms, a large plastic saucer plate, spray paint, screws, and jewelry and flowers if you want.

I did not want to fully cover the shutters with paint so I left some white showing to add dimension. I used a sponge brush on the shutters and I spray painted the plates for the faces.

I am always collecting shutters so  I had everything for both of these angels already.

The green/ yellow one is for my sister’s yard and the blue/ purple one is for ours.

On my sisters, I used newer wider cedar fence boards for the wings on mine I used old cedar pickets that had been painted and aged so I had to sand them down.

I found 4 more shutters so I can make some more. I love the way these turned out.

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Eyes of the frogs

At our daughter and son in laws house in the pond, there are quite a few bullfrogs.

Jeanelle had told me to try and get close enough to take a picture because they seem to be fairly friendly. I was using my 400mm lens and was able to get this shot.

I call it “Eye of the Frogs” because all you see are the eyes.

Nature is all around us just waiting to be photographed at the perfect moment.

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Shrimp boats

Sometimes when we go to Galveston we take a ferry ride and you always see some neat things along the way.

Bolivar is the opposite of Galveston there is hardly any traffic and no shopping there except a little store here and there. Life seems to move at a much slower pace.

On this ferry ride, we saw a few shrimp boats and a few birds catching a free ride. You know those shrimpers have to get annoyed with the birds swarming the boat all the time.

The Gulf of Mexico was quite busy this last weekend.

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Tiny shorebirds

I really love going to the beach and getting to take pictures of the shorebirds.

These tiny sandpipers are always in a large group close to the waters edge it’s pretty easy to get their pictures with their reflections.

We spent yesterday at the beach because that was what I wanted to do for my birthday which so happens to be today.

Normally my birthdays are always spent doing something that involves taking pictures because that is what I love to do.

I will be sharing more pictures of the beach trip this week.
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Happy Birthday Dad

Today is my dad’s birthday he would have been 78 – years old.

He passed away September 1, 2014 – 3 years ago from esophageal cancer right before he would have been 75.

I think the hardest part of my dad dying was that I replay our last conversations over and over in my head.

I have put the pieces together of EVERYTHING he was trying to tell me. My dad was trying to warn me what would happen when he was gone he was trying to prepare me for it. Nothing could ever prepare me for what has happened.

Happy Birthday, DAD, I love you and miss you.

Texas the goat

Texas is the new stud muffin at the little farm.

His hair that stands up on back of his neck and his goat beard make me laugh.

He has that typical male goat smell so, for now, he will be put in a pen that can be moved around. The first day he was there he bred two of the older females, Boney and Valentine. Those babies will be born around Valentines Day.

The younger goats Clover and Buttercup will not be breed until the springtime.

The other male goat Gruff is younger than Texas and does not stink quite yet.

The personalities of goats can always make you laugh.

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Scamper the miniature Hereford

Last weekend our daughter, her husband, and children went to pick up a registered miniature Hereford. Meet Scamper she is 19 months old.

She is halter broke, very friendly and has been getting to know her new surroundings. She and the goats seem to be okay with each other. Andrew has actually walked her a few times this is how gentle she is.

As a miniature, she will not get any taller just stockier. She will top out with a weight at 650# – 850#s.

I am looking forward to more photo sessions with Scamper.

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